Spanish Quail Ranch Wedding with Copper Decor
Venue: Quail Ranch Coordination: Kim Paolone of K. Rae Events Photography: Gloria Mesa Photography Menswear Style: Black Notch Lapel Tuxedo by Michael Kors with a black bow tie and groomsmen in a long black tie
Write up from the Bride:
Boris and I met at UCLA. Boris came from Santiago, Chile to study English and then marketing at UCLA Extension and I was an undergraduate studying Spanish and Linguistics at UCLA. It was love at first sight! I moved back to Los Angeles after a year abroad to start my career as an optometrist and 9 months after coming home, Boris and I were engaged. We immediately picked Quail Ranch in my hometown as our wedding venue for its natural beauty and its peaceful Spanish inspired architecture. We felt Quail Ranch offered us the perfect mix of elegance and Latin styles.
It was important for us to include many Chilean touches to our wedding since we both love Chile and hold it close to our hearts but live in Santa Monica, California. I knew immediately I wanted to accent with copper since one of Chiles main exports is copper and is used in Chilean decor. My mother in law helped bring copper plates from Chile for our centerpieces. She also brought table runners from Chile for our accent tables. We were especially excited to surprise our Chilean guests during the ceremony by having my niece and nephew, our flower girl and ring bearer, walk down the aisle in traditional Chilean clothes, that of a Chilean cowboy and girl. We had my mother in law bring their outfits from Chile. We also used copper in our signs throughout the day. Boris and I handmade the copper signs with the copper tubing at our local hardware store.
California and Chile share many similarities and one of them is that both regions we come from have excellent wine. My parents selected red and white wine from Napa, California and my mother and father in law brought red wine from Chile. We encouraged our guests to sample wine from California and Chile during the dinner and reception. Our escort cards were a nod to Boris and my first official date. Boris picked me up outside my apartment and handed me a Ferrero Rocher before we walked to a local coffee shop. We handed each guest a personalized mini cake stand with a Ferrero Rocher inside with their table assignments.Our ceremony and reception were completely bilingual events, Boris and I each wrote and read our vows in English and Spanish. Our officiant, DJ, and photographer were also bilingual.
Overall, our event was extremely inclusive, intimate and reflective of our cross-cultural values. We were so happy to have our friends and family from both North and South America come celebrate us, together. All of our vendors worked with us smoothly to bring everything alive and our photographer captured the day perfectly!
This wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty!Florals: Unique Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Bride's Shoes: Bloomingdales | Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS | Maid + Matron of Honor Dresses: BHLDN | Hair + Makeup: Cheek to Cheek Artistry | Cake: Skiff's Cakes | Catering: Command Performance Catering | DJ: GTZ Entertainment | Officiant: LA Wedding Woman